Fast track process non-EU nationals

The Netherlands welcomes international talent; truly valuing their input and impact on Dutch society and industry. Recognising that this global expertise is needed to further strengthen the Dutch economic, cultural, and research fields as well as promoting the Netherlands’ profitable investment climate, Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) offers a unique fast-tracked registration process. This enables these applicants to move through the immigration and registration procedures via specialised accelerated channels.

Expat Centre Maastricht Region, Gemeente Maastricht and the Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst – IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) have initiated a pilot from January 2020 to provide fast tracked registration procedures and immigration service provisions for international talent from non-EU/EEA areas who are relocating to the Maastricht Region along with their family members. To be eligible for a fast track registration the applicant’s employer must be an IND erkend referent (IND recognised sponsor).

Regular non-EU processes
  • Residence permits are only granted to non-EU/EEA applicants with a verified verblijfsdoel (reason for stay).
  • Work permits are assessed separately by the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV (Employee Insurance Schemes Implementing Body)
  • Non-EU/EEA nationals moving to the Netherlands usually apply for a gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid – GVVA (a combined residence and work permit, also known as a Single Permit). To be eligible for a GVVA there must already be a job offer in place.
  • Some non-EU/EEA applicants are required to have completed the inburgering (civic integration) process before they are eligible to apply for a residence permit.
  • The residence and work permit application process can take up to 90 days.
  • Once relocated in the Netherlands, the municipal registration process can take up to one month.
Advantages of the Fast Track process
  • IND recognised sponsors can submit an application for a residence and work permit before the non-EU highly skilled migrant, researcher or professional artist arrives in the Netherlands, enabling the employee to commence work almost immediately after arrival.
  • Non-EU employees do not need to register at the offices of the municipality and the IND desk separately. The formal procedures consist of collecting residence permits, registering with the municipality and receiving a personal consultation about living and working in the Maastricht Region in one day and at one location – providing a one-stop-shop. This is offered at Expat Centre Maastricht Region in just one appointment.
  • Instead of taking up to 90 days, a decision regarding residence and work permits can be heard within two weeks.
  • From the moment of application, the entire municipal registration process can take up to four weeks, however when utilising the Fast Track process the applicant receive their required paperwork within three working days.
Non-EU employees Fast Track process
  • Depending on the employee’s country of origin, the IND recognised sponsor files an application with the IND for a VVR (residence permit), a GVVR (combined residence and work permit) or the TEV procedure (which begins with an MVV).
  • IND makes a decision within two weeks and informs the employer. 
  • Employer contacts Expat Centre Maastricht Region to schedule a one-stop-shop consult with Fast Track  process.
  • On the appointment the employee will collect the residence permit, or if not yet done, get the biometric details taken, register with the municipality and receives a personal consultation about living and working in the Maastricht Region.
  • Employees utilizing the one-stop-shop with Fast Track process are assured of an accelerated issuance of their BSN (3 working days).

The IND is present at Maastricht International Centre, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for the specific purposes of issuing residence permit cards, collecting biometric information, issuing residence endorsements stickers or return visas. Visits to IND desk in Maastricht are by appointment only.

When a residence permit card is ready for collection in Maastricht a letter will be sent by the IND. This letter is needed when collecting the permit card.